The ostensible reason for the Defence Legislation Amendment (Enhancement of Defence Force Response to Emergencies) Bill 2020 is to “streamline” the process by which to call out ADF reservists in the event of civil emergencies and disasters but also to
provide ADF members, other Defence personnel and members of foreign forces with immunity from criminal or civil liability in certain cases while performing duties to support civil emergency and disaster preparedness, recovery and response
Few are talking about this.
Emergencies normally means fire, flood, and drought, and there are times when fraternal nations like NZ, US, Canada, have for eg. sent firemen to help with bushfires, but this bill talks about “other emergencies” without defining them, and gives an increased amount of ministerial discretion about things.
When foreign firemen have come they weren’t armed and if one of them had tried to pull a Bart Simpson and sabotage our delicate like a maiden ecosystem with foreigner bullfrogs there was no indemnity for such high crime: he would get the customary punishment of being strapped into a chair and forced to listen to Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport on repeat for an exceptionally long time, and at the first sign of the onset of catatonia/insanity set free; we are, if anything, merciful.
But here they are specifically talking about bringing in not firemen but foreign policemen and troops. As much as we might currently loathe our virus regime loyalist police and military in Victoria they are, these days, generally, fairly tame, full of young men and women who pretend to be men who often lack self-confidence, and the state police forces generally have been feminised, diversified and homo’d up (= weakened) increasingly thoroughly. They weren’t always like this, and as most recently as the 80’s, they were often brawlers who had names like Roger Rogerson and looked like this
and behaved like this, according to the recollection of the criminal portrayed in this scene:
As badly behaved and loathsome as they could be they were and are ours, and they didn’t have legal immunity. Foreign police and military, especially but certainly not exclusively if they are brown, black, or yellow, Australians usually are going to have no idea how utterly brutal, venal, and rapey they can be.
And once a law like this is on the books, it doesn’t take much to later sneak in an amendment here and there, to broaden it’s scope. So don’t be surprised some day to see the Commonwealth resort to bringing in foreigner police and soldiers, to keep us apart so we can stay together, to keep our community safe, and save lives.